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savory

adjective sa·vory \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

Simple Definition of savory

  • : having a pleasant taste or smell

  • : having a spicy or salty quality without being sweet

  • : morally good

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of savory

  1. :  having savor: asa :  piquantly pleasant to the mind <a savory triumph>b :  morally exemplary :  edifyingc :  pleasing to the sense of taste especially by reason of effective seasoning d :  pungently flavorful without sweetness

savorily

play \-rə-lē\ adverb

savoriness

play \-rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of savory in a sentence

  1. They prepared an assortment of both sweet and savory foods.

  2. <cedar is one of the most savory of all woods>



13th Century

First Known Use of savory

13th century

Variants of savory

also

savoury

play \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

Synonym Discussion of savory

palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable <butterflies that birds find palatable>. appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste <appetizing hors d'oeuvres>. savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness <dumplings with savory fillings>. tasty implies a pronounced taste <a tart and tasty pie>. toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness <an enticing array of toothsome desserts>.

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savory

noun sa·vory

Definition of savory

plural

savories

also

savouries

British

  1. :  a dish of stimulating flavor served usually at the end of dinner but sometimes as an appetizer



1661

First Known Use of savory

1661

Variants of savory

also

savoury

Rhymes with savory


3

savory

play
noun sa·vo·ry \ˈsā-və-rē, ˈsāv-rē\

Definition of savory

plural

savories

  1. :  either of two aromatic mints:a :  summer savoryb :  winter savory



Origin and Etymology of savory

Middle English saverey


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms


SAVORY Defined for Kids

savory

play
adjective sa·vo·ry \ˈsā-və-rē\

Definition of savory for Students

  1. :  pleasing to the taste or smell <savory sausages>





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